Guardian ad Litem
Are you getting divorced? Fighting over custody? Maybe you are in a disagreement with your once spouse about what you think is best for your children? Have you thought about giving your child a voice in the matter? When parents are in the middle of a high conflict custody dispute during their separation or divorce, parties can sometimes lose sight of what is best for their children. To ensure that their child remains the center of attention for all the right reasons, the Court can appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to represent their child.
A Guardian ad Litem is a lawyer or non-lawyer appointed in court proceedings by the court to represent “the best interests” of the child or children involved in that case. In the South Carolina family court, guardian ad litem can be appointed for children for a variety of cases including:
- Contested custody and visitation cases,
- Child name change cases,
- DSS abuse and neglect cases,
- Paternity actions,
- Involuntary commitments,
- Termination of parental rights cases.
In private proceeds involving minor children, either parent can also request the use of a guardian ad litem, or the court may appoint one on its own motion if deemed necessary.
Sodoma Law York offers experienced private guardian ad litem services. Our GAL’s take the responsibility of representing the best interest of minor children caught in the middle of hotly contested custody and or visitation disputes seriously. The purpose of the GAL is to advocate and to protect the best interest of the innocent parties while litigation is pending, and we realize being a tenacious advocate for your child is the key. A GAL acts only on the behalf of the children, independent of the positions taken by either parent or party to the action. After conducting a thorough assessment of the case, your GAL will make recommendations to each parties’ attorneys and ultimately to the Judge.
The ultimate goal of any GAL is to provide quality, best interest representation and to facilitate settlement.
Contact our attorneys with questions about guardian ad litem today.
Want to know more about specific South Carolina Statutes referring to guardians ad litem? Click here to go to go to the South Carolina Bar guardian ad litem page.